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ViaSat-3 satellite service launch slips to early 2023
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

A delay on the first of three new high-capacity satellites poised to provide global coverage will briefly push out Viasat's plan to add critical capacity to its residential satellite broadband service.

Digital infrastructure gamblers begin placing their bets
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

Some companies are plowing money into fiber networks. Others are betting on a 5G future. And there's plenty of disagreement about which bet is the one that will provide the biggest and quickest payout.

Altice USA won't ditch HFC just yet
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

Altice USA CFO Michael Grau told JP Morgan investors the third-largest US MSO will keep its cable network as it overbuilds that plant with fiber-to-the-home.

NFL preps new premium streaming service
News Analysis | 5/26/2022

League reportedly plans to launch NFL Plus, a mobile-focused service offering live games on cell phones and tablets, in July for about $5 a month.

Broadband line losses are BT's next worry
News Analysis | 5/26/2022

Unless dozens of UK altnets fail disastrously, BT is heading for a loss of broadband market share as the market shifts to fiber.

Broadcom makes massive $61B bid for VMware
News Analysis | 5/26/2022

Broadcom's offer price of $142.50 per VMware share represents a premium of nearly 49% compared with VMware's share price earlier this week during early rumors of the deal.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom, Inmarsat boost in-flight broadband network
News Analysis | 5/26/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT agrees security deal with MTN; Nokia shares booth space with robots; A1 Telekom Austria Group acquires Bulgarian ICT company.

Gigabit competition among drivers impacting broadband sub growth at Charter
News Analysis | 5/25/2022

But the impact on broadband sub growth from 1-Gig competition pales when compared to other factors, including record low churn driven by reduced move activity and a sluggish market for new housing, Charter CFO Jessica Fischer says.

Evoca tunes in Sling TV for new pay-TV bundle
News Analysis | 5/25/2022

Evoca, a multichannel TV provider that uses a blend of broadband and ASTC 3.0 broadcast signals, is pitching a discounted bundle of Sling TV packages.

Home broadband/mobile has become Comcast's 'lead bundle,' CFO says
News Analysis | 5/24/2022

With 4 million mobile lines against 34 million total customer relationships, Comcast's mobile business has 'a long way to go,' says CFO Mike Cavanagh.

FWA is not a short-term play, Verizon CFO says
News Analysis | 5/24/2022

Verizon has a path to adding spectrum to fixed wireless services as the connectivity and capacity needs of residential and business customers expand and evolve, Verizon's Matt Ellis says.

Swiss Salt keeps fiber figures under wraps
News Analysis | 5/24/2022

Salt CEO Pascal Grieder said the operator made a good start to the year with organic growth in mobile, B2B and home broadband.

Nextlink sizes up gigabit speeds over fixed wireless
News Analysis | 5/23/2022

The Cable One-backed wireless ISP said it intends to launch gigabit-class services later this year following recent field trials that tapped into the 6GHz spectrum band.

DOCSIS 4.0 network upgrades could reach $300 per home passed – analyst
News Analysis | 5/23/2022

That compares to about $10 per home for past DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades, but is still far less than a jump to fiber-to-the-premises, Cowen noted in a report based on insight from Broadband Success Partners.

Eurobites: Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom catch the wind for 5G
News Analysis | 5/23/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three UK updates on 5G progress; TIM/Open Fiber latest; Netflix settles tax dispute with Italy.

Frontier accelerates 2022 fiber buildout by up to 20%
News Analysis | 5/20/2022

Revised plan is to exceed its 2022 buildout target of 1 million fiber locations by an additional 100,000 to 200,000 locations. Frontier is still on track to deploy FTTP to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.

Canada officially gives Huawei and ZTE the boot
News Analysis | 5/20/2022

Operators need to clear the Chinese vendors out of their 5G networks by mid-2024 and stop buying any products from them later this year.

Private equity firms weigh bid for HKBN
News Analysis | 5/20/2022

HKBN has Hong Kong's most extensive fiber network and the second largest broadband customer base.

Eurobites: UK's project gigabit two-thirds done – Ofcom
News Analysis | 5/20/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange appoints new non-exec chairman; small-cell pilot in London's Square Mile; Telefonica virtualizes Rafa Nadal.

Charter CEO frets over labor shortages
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

Charter Communications Chairman & CEO Tom Rutledge worries about finding enough workers to build all the wired and wireless network infrastructure the operator seeks to deploy over the next few years.

80% of Verizon's FWA business customers use it as their primary connection
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

Unlike earlier 4G-based use cases, the 5G version of FWA is 'not a secondary backup' for the vast majority of Verizon's commercial services customers, says Verizon Business CEO Tami Erwin.

Cisco: Demand strong amid component shortages, price hikes
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

'Cisco implemented three rounds of price increases that we assert encouraged customers to place orders earlier than they would have otherwise,' said Raymond James analysts.

Comcast not seeing 'material' churn from fixed wireless, but not taking it lightly
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

Fixed wireless rivals face 'a lot of trade-offs they're going to have to sort through' regarding elements such as network capacity and potential congestion, says Dave Watson, president and CEO of Comcast Cable.

Altice USA ramps up for 5-Gig service
News Analysis | 5/18/2022

Under its new Optimum Fiber brand, the third-biggest cable operator in the US plans to launch symmetrical 5-Gig and 2-Gig services over fiber in the New York metro area, starting in early June.

Here are 10 big broadband moments from the last 12 months
Broadband World News | 5/18/2022

While we're covering the Big 5G event, here's a look back at a few broadband industry highlights from the last 12 months.

Kimberly Maki lends SCTE a helping hand
The Bauminator | 5/18/2022

Maki, a former exec of both SCTE and Bright House Networks, is consulting with the organization as SCTE makes plans for Cable-Tec Expo to return as an in-person show this fall in Philadelphia.

Grant Spellmeyer to succeed Matt Polka as ACA Connects CEO
News Analysis | 5/17/2022

Spellmeyer most recently served as vice president of government affairs at UScellular.

Eurobites: Allegations fly in Phones 4U case
News Analysis | 5/17/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach fiber rolls on; Ziggo brings the gig to Hoogeveen; Sparkle teams up with Atos.

Here are 10 big 5G moments from the last 12 months
DanoVision | 5/17/2022

Here it is: The biggest 5G moments from the past year, as compiled by Light Reading's editorial staff.

Ting Internet to take on Comcast and Verizon in Alexandria
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

After securing a franchise earlier this year, Ting says construction will start this summer on the fiber network, which will eventually connect more than 90,000 homes in the area.

WOW in exclusive M&A talks with Morgan Stanley infrastructure unit – report
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Word of acquisition talks surface more than a month after Bloomberg reported that WideOpenWest was exploring strategic options, including a potential sale.

Unions continue pushing into Big Tech, telecom companies
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

'We're in the middle of some [labor] negotiations right now,' AT&T's John Stankey said recently. He added: 'We'd like to pay less in wages.'

Eurobites: TIM, Open Fiber share network in Italy's 'white areas'
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom increases stake in OTE; Vodacom's full-year numbers; Swiss voters want Netflix et al to pay their way.

The Cable Center CEO on how the industry must innovate from within to drive change
LRTV Interviews | 5/13/2022

In this podcast, Diane Christman, new CEO of The Cable Center, digs into the genesis, purpose and takeaways of the organization's first annual 'Intrapreneurship & Innovation Report,' and offers a look ahead to this year's Cable Hall of Fame event in New York.

DT ups guidance as Sprint deal pays off
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

German group says integration of Sprint is progressing faster than planned.

Eurobites: MTN thrives in Q1, despite SIM issues
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: M-Pesa boosts Safaricom; BICS extends reach of SmartCIC; telecom gripes in France.

DZS CEO predicts $1B market opportunity post acquisition
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

CEO Charlie Vogt said DZS will target more software and enterprise licensing deals as it finalizes its purchase of Assia's analytics assets.

IQ Fiber's CTO talks about the startup's fiber foray in Florida
CxO Spotlight | 5/12/2022

In this podcast, new IQ Fiber CTO Aamer Abbasi digs into the greenfield opportunities the startup is pursuing in northeast Florida, thoughts about future multi-gig services and how government stimulus funding might fit into IQ Fiber's future game plan.

Marcien Jenckes to helm the Comcast-Charter streaming JV
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

Jenckes, currently president of advertising at Comcast Cable, previously headed up the operator's residential video and broadband businesses.

400G roundup: GTT upgrades; Telstra's new subsea cable
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

GTT takes initial steps toward upgrading its global IP network to 400G, while Telstra and SCCN link Australia and the US with a direct subsea cable.

BT limps off pitch with Warner sports deal as business withers
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

The UK incumbent is exiting a sports market in which it has invested heavily and faces no shortage of other business challenges.

VMO2 fiber JV in 'concrete discussions' with financial partners, says Liberty Global CEO
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

And, for now, the operator will keep at arm's length a lobbying effort led by some major European operators to recoup rising network and capacity costs driven by streaming services.

ZTE risks penalties with 'business as usual' in Russia
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

The Chinese vendor is still cited as a customer by various US component makers. Selling their technology on to Russian operators would be living dangerously.

Where does cable go from here?
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

Bulls and bears are sizing up cable's future. Analysts say the 'cable broadband growth era is over' – others see opportunities with wireless the 'next leg of growth.'

DOCSIS 4.0 revenues a couple years out, Casa CEO says
CxO Spotlight | 5/10/2022

Meanwhile, the supplier is seeing 'high-split' trials and deployments perk up as cable operators seek ways to expand upstream capacity on DOCSIS 3.1 networks.

White House touts ISP commitments to increase affordable access
Broadband World News | 5/10/2022

But consumer advocacy group Free Press argues that some of the broadband providers on that list are the same ones 'sabotaging President Biden's FCC.'

Eurobites: Swisscom draws on Amazon's cloud clout
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ethio Telecom launches 5G services; Ofcom seeks mmWave feedback; Nokia opens 5G security lab in US.

Cable One isn't feeling T-Mobile's FWA heat yet
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

The cable operator estimates its FTTP overlap to be about 20%, up from an estimate of 14% about a year ago, as more telcos add to fiber routes.

What's the Story? Dano's deep dive on mobile service pricing
LRTV Interviews | 5/9/2022

Mike Dano explains why some service providers are increasing the price of mobile and fixed wireless services while others are announcing new deals for consumers, and what this means for the broader industry.

WOW nears mobile launch, doubles greenfield fiber buildout commitment
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

Service developed with Reach Mobile will launch in one of WOW's southern markets in May. Meanwhile, WOW's greenfield fiber network plan has been expanded to 400,000 homes passed.

Thoughts on the evolving battle among US fiber, cable and 5G providers
DanoVision | 5/9/2022

Some have speculated that Charter will eventually purchase T-Mobile. Others think AT&T could acquire Dish Network or Altice. Here are three trends currently affecting this battle.

Dish's Charlie Ergen sees 'opportunity for fixed wireless in rural America'
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Meanwhile, the company is confident that it can meet its commitment to cover 20% of the US population with 5G by June 14. Dish expects to add a smartphone that supports Band 70 to its device lineup sometime this fall.

Net broadband subscriber adds the 'new normal' at Frontier, CEO says
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Frontier added a record 54,000 fiber broadband subs in Q1 2022, more than enough to more than offset copper losses. Frontier posted a net gain of 20,000 total broadband subs for the period.

Verizon buries Skyward, its drone company
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

'Skyward, a Verizon company, announced that it was exiting its drone business. The company remains focused on its investment in ground robotic management, connectivity services, and solution development.'

Former SCTE exec Zenita Henderson heads to Segra
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Cable vet Zenita Henderson appointed CMO at Segra, the fiber specialist Cox acquired in 2021, nearly five months before SCTE hosts Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia.

The Internet saved us in the pandemic; let's make it a human right
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

After all of talk and not that much action, the UN and the ITU have set out a road map toward achieving universal affordable connectivity by 2030.

DOCSIS 4.0 may not be the end of the road for HFC, CableLabs CEO says
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Nothing beyond DOCSIS 4.0's horizon is officially underway at CableLabs, but the organization is looking at potential spectrum to 3GHz and beyond, CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney says.

CommScope CEO expects little uplift from Comcast-Charter streaming JV
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Charter's 'not that big of a client for us at this point,' says CommScope CEO Chuck Treadway. Yet CommScope remains a key supplier of X1 and Flex boxes powered by Comcast's software platform.

Supply chain constraints cloud Casa's vision
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Fresh off a big 5G core deal with Verizon, the cable and wireless supplier is forced to suspend 2022 guidance as visibility is being obstructed by persistent component shortages and general supply chain issues.

Infinera hit by Russia exit, supply chain glitches
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Tougher trading environment stops coherent optical transport supplier from taking full advantage of burgeoning orders book.

Charter CTO Stephanie Mitchko-Beale sets her exit
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Cable industry vet Mitchko-Beale will remain with Charter for an unspecified transition period. Meanwhile, Charter has promoted Justin Colwell, one of its first mobile-focused execs, to drive its converged network strategy.

Qualcomm goes big on Wi-Fi 7
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Qualcomm has launched a family of 'Pro' series Wi-Fi 7 chips for high-end access points, mesh devices, gateways and premium home routers. Chips are sampling now, with commercial availability expected in about a year.

EU's Vestager goes Big Tech bashing (again)
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Europe's digital chief mulls handing part of network investment bill to US tech giants.

Standardized 'GAP' node makes appearance at CableLabs 10G event
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

Charter, a champion of the 'Generic Access Platform' initiative, showed off a standards-based node capable of supporting DOCSIS, PON and even wireless service modules. Deployments could get underway in 2023.

What's the Story? NAB showcases ATSC 3.0 standard and 8K
LRTV Interviews | 5/3/2022

The NAB show buzzed with discussions about the ATSC 3.0 standard for broadcast TV, latency concerns for live TV and streaming services, and 8K.

Harmonic sees 'fiber islands' surface among cable ops
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

Harmonic's cable access revenues almost doubled in Q1 as CableOS deployments grew to 6.1 million, with 77 operators signed up to their virtualized access network platform.

Eurobites: CityFibre signs up Giganet across UK footprint
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom investigates Shell Energy; Nokia sells edge routers in Denmark; Spotify loses podcast tech supremo.

DZS buys a big piece of Assia
News Analysis | 5/2/2022

CEO Charlie Vogt says the deal, which includes Assia's CloudCheck Wi-Fi and Expresse data analytics products, will be 'accretive from day one.' The Wi-Fi piece will put DZS in closer competition with Plume, AirTies and Minim.

A critical piece of Comcast's DOCSIS 4.0 puzzle begins to fall into place
News Analysis | 5/2/2022

Comcast expects to have an FDX Amplifier prototype in its labs by July. If the product works as advertised, it will vastly broaden Comcast's ability to roll out Full Duplex DOCSIS on its HFC networks.

Vendors begin boasting of their price hikes
News Analysis | 5/2/2022

'We had an incredible March quarter, some of that due to a price increase,' said Extreme Networks CEO Edward Meyercord during his company's quarterly conference call.

Altice USA CEO credits fiber buildout for its 'better competitive position'
News Analysis | 5/2/2022

Dexter Goei expects Altice USA to grow broadband subs in the second half of 2022 amid an aggressive FTTP rollout and plans to launch multi-gig services. But some analysts see FWA as an emerging rural threat.

Network operators plot their paths to next-gen broadband
News Analysis | 5/2/2022

Right now many telcos are still grappling with the early stages of 10G PON, also known as XGS PON, which can deliver multi-gigabit services.

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